Do not believe all the negative comments you have heard about shellac. Many people do not know what shellac is, and have not actually experienced it themselves. Shellac really does last up to two weeks without chipping, much longer than regular polish. I am going to tell you all about shellac, regular polish, and gel polish so you will know how they all work, and why shellac is the best for your nails.
Everyone has used regular nail polish at least once in their live. You can find it any where and it only takes minutes to apply. It has thousands of different color options, and can be done by anyone. Regular nail polish also takes very log to dry. You have to apply a base coat, because if you do not, the polish will stain your nails. On top of staining your nails, it does not protect them against everyday things. Your nails can still break, split, bend and chip with normal polish. The color coats can become too thick or too thin which can cause streaks in the polish. You have to let your nails completely dry before going about with other activities, if you do not the polish may streak, smudge, or chip within a few hours of applying. It takes 1-2 hours for nails polish to be completely dry, even with a fast drying top coat. Nail polish can be removed pretty easily. It even starts to chip from using hand sanitizer. I would only recommend regular nail polish for your toes, that way it can dry full dry.
Gel Nails/Polish, & Acrylics:
Gel and Acrylic nails are some of the worst things you can put onto your nails. Acrylic and gel nails are chemical compounds that are formed onto the surface of your nail plate. Your nail plate is filled down so it is a nice smooth service to work on. When you get your nails done, you notice an unpleasant odor, that can tend to give people headaches. When you get acrylic nails, you have to be careful to not damage your natural nail in the process. People have been known to get bacterial infections between the natural nail plate and the artificial nail. Having the nails on does keep you from biting your nails, and give the appearance of long nails. When you have gel or acrylic removed, you have them soaked in acetone for 20-30 minutes, which weakens you natural nail underneath. This can cause your nail to be thin, and easily broken. Gels are similar to acrylics but there are not as thick, and do not have an odor. However, gel nails do not hold polish to them very well, and can break easier. Gel nails are also more expensive to have applied. The risk of getting an infection is the same. Gel polish is similar to shellac. It is applied almost the same exact way, and many salons call it shellac. Opi, Sally Hensen, and Gelish are all brands that make gel polish. Gel polish is thicker than shellac, and when it is removed, you have to soak it for up to a half hour. It says it lasts two weeks without chipping, but many people have had it chip in less then two weeks. They all are completely dry when finished.
Shellac is a no chip, no streaking, long lasting polish. It is cured under a light for a total of 13 mins. There is no odor, and it applies as easily as regular polish. Shellac is as thin as regular polish, but can be layered and the colors do not fade. Shellac strengthens your nails, by allowing them to breathe as they grow. Shellac also protects your nails from chipping, and splitting. The entire shellac removal process takes 10 mins or less. It does not have as many colors as regular polish, but it looks much better and lasts two weeks or sometimes even longer. If you have had acrylics or gel nails, your nails can be too weak for shellac to properly adhere to the nail. You have to give your nails up to a month before you try shellac, but once you try it, you will love it.
It is of course your choice as to what you do with your nails, I just know from personal experience I have had wonderful results with shellac, and my nails are now healthier than ever. Give shellac a try.